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States Look to Nebraska for Water Management Solutions
Nebraska’s Groundwater Supply Remains Stable While Other States Struggle with Shortages
(OMAHA, Neb.) – February 2016 – While California and other states struggle with water shortages, Nebraska’s groundwater supply has remained stable – and that’s prompting interest from out-of-state government officials and others tasked with water management.
As the nation’s largest irrigator, Nebraska regulates its groundwater more heavily than any other state, according to Kris Polly, a special adviser to the Washington-based National Water Resources Association. In an interview with the Associated Press, Polly said the system works well, because it relies on local control, a system that could serve as an example for states that tap their groundwater.
“If there were no controls in place in Nebraska, there would be rapid declines in the Ogallala Aquifer,” Polly said. “There have been some, but due to the regulations, the water level is under control and in some places advancing.”
At the heart of the state’s groundwater management system are 23 Natural Resources Districts, which are managed by locally elected board members. Unlike most county-wide districts, Nebraska’s NRDs are based on river basin boundaries rather than county lines, enabling them to approach natural resources management on a watershed basis. Each district sets its own priorities and develops its own programs to best serve local needs.
“With nearly 8.3 million acres of irrigated land, Nebraska’s unique system for groundwater management has proven to be very effective,” Dirk Lenie, vice president of global marketing for Lindsay Corporation. “While there are challenges and long-term concerns, I believe Nebraska can take pride in its effort to conserve its natural resources.”
For information about efficient, resource-saving irrigation solutions, please visit booth L40 at the 2016 World Ag Expo, taking place February 9- 11 in Tulare, California. For additional resources, including images, fact sheets and video, visit www.Zimmatic.com/wae2016.